Save up to 25% off ALL T-shirts from the NeatoShop! Hurry - sale ends Nov 29, 2015.

The Last Witch in Scotland.



In 1944, Helen Duncan (1898-1956), a Scottish medium, was the last person to be convicted under the 1735 Witchcraft Act. A court was told she claimed to have conjured up the spirit of a sailor killed on HMS Barham during World War II. The sinking of this ship was supposed to be a military secret and the British authorities decided to prosecute because they reportedly feared that Helen Duncan might reveal plans for the D- Day landings. She was convicted of "pretending to raise spirits from the dead" and sentenced to 9 months in prison. The 1735 Witchcraft Act was finally repealed in 1951. -- Niki Pollock, University of Glasgow Library


You can read more about the Helen Duncan story here. Also, if you follow the University of Glasgow link above, you will find a fascinating and horrifying account of a 1591 witch trial.

Newest 1
Newest 1 Comment

Commenting is closed.

Email This Post to a Friend
"The Last Witch in Scotland."

Separate multiple emails with a comma. Limit 5.


Success! Your email has been sent!

close window

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using this website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

I agree
Learn More